Thoughts on the world, homeopathy, mindfulness and food...
A collection of blog posts - feel free to respond with your thoughts and comments - I love to have feedback - thank you!
'I've just shared a blog post about the remedy belladonna which talks about the mystic dimension. Have a read here if you like. In my opinion anything Dr David Lilley reads is worth reading and enjoying. And if you can get to listen to him - then go. I love him.
So it got me thinking about the magic involved in what we do. For many years in our home we called remedies 'magic tablets'. For me, magic is all around me - the sunrise, the sunset, the unfurling of a petal, a leaf reaching towards the sun. Yes it can all be explained, reduced to scientific explanations - though then it feels slightly less magical to me.
To be accepted are we to step away from the image of magic within homeopathy? One of the FAQs about Ananda More's film Magic Pills is why she would choose to put the word 'magic' in the title - why court the scorn we have endured for so long?! And yet this is mainly a question from the homeopathic community. The rest, many the general public, seem to either just accept the title - or find it intriguing and want to learn more. Many homeopaths that said, have come forwards and talked about how they've called homeopathic medicines 'magic pills' or 'magic tablets' within their own homes, and how their patients sometimes refer to them as these.
I have one client who tells people I'm a witch. Which is OK too, but likely calls for a whole different blog post about the origin of witches within our culture and suppression of the sacred feminine by a patriarchal society driving the natural healers underground. Another time.
So back to my question - do we reduce this medicine to reductionist terms, randomised controlled trials and lab work - or do we embrace the 'magic'? For me, in my ever curious, intrigued outlook on the world around me - I want to embrace it.
I was asked yesterday to describe what homeopathy is - and did say I was so tired I might have to come back to it, but went on to give my definition from my heart instead of my overtired head. I explained how it is the most amazing thing I've ever encountered in life, the most life changing, beautiful way of working with people that I've found (or similar to that). It is like working with an ultimate truth. A universal truth, the core or centre of everything. And that, to me? Pretty magical actually. Not in the way of unicorns and fairies, in a beauty, a simplicity, an incredible life changing way.
The remedy pictures, the remedy provings, written many years ago with so many gems describing human behaviour and correlating still now with what you see in clinic. I do wonder if those who wish to suppress this have taken the time to read the philosophy, to sit with experienced practitioners working at the deepest level, to read the lectures on materia medica, to pore over the thousands and thousands of cured case notes, or just decided that it shouldn't work so it can't work.
I'll leave you with Camilla Sherr from Homeopathy for Health in Africa with her thoughts on homeopathy. For the record, I agree.
Knowing that there is nothing else I would want to do and I am so happy to embrace the joy in this controversial, often misunderstood medicine.
I'm a Homeopath working in the Skipton (North Yorkshire) area. I am also able to offer food intolerance testing using Kinesiology and advice around diet and lifestyle.
Em Colley Homeopath
Practitioner of Classical Homeopathy
BSc(Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience
Laughter Yoga Leader
Focussed Mindfulness Practitioner
Dip (SNHS) Kinesiology
Dip (SNHS) Holistic Nutrition
Certificate in Whole Food, Plant Based Nutrition